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03.18.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
After a number of years in Milwaukee, most recently as Artistic Director of Spiral Theatre Company, Mark Hooker is leaving for the twin cities. Before he does so, he will be starring in his final production in Milwaukee—Charles Busch’s campy comedy Die Mommie Die! I spoke with him about the comedy a few weeks back. In this, the second part of the rough transcripts of the interview Mark Hooker ...
03.17.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
After a number of years in Milwaukee, most recently as Artistic Director of Spiral Theatre Company, Mark Hooker is leaving for the twin cities. Before he does so, he will be starring in his final production in Milwaukee—Charles Busch’s Die Mommie Die! I spoke with him about the comedy a few weeks back.Me: Do you have a history with [Die Mommie Die]?Mark Hooker: No. I’ve always admired Charle...
Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Theater Preview

Next week, Spiral Theatre opens its final show in Milwaukee as Artistic Director Mark Hooker stars in a production of Charles Busch's comic-drama Die, Mommie, Die! Busch's cult favorite is a tribute to the aging film divas of the 1960s. The Spiral production will feature Hooker as Angela, a fading singer who murders her movie-director husband with a poisoned suppository (those unfamilia...
02.08.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The space beneath Plymouth Church is has a warm coziness to it. A number of folding chairs face a deliberately drab set. Set, lighting and costuming leave little to distract from the actors. These are the trappings of Spiral Theatre’s production of Torch Song Trilogy. Any production of the classic 1980’s comic drama is going to be very ambitious. Playwright Harvey Fierstein wrote a lengthy ep...
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009

Theater Preview

Harvey Fierstein's classic drama Torch Song Trilogy resides in a time when mainstream acceptance of sexual diversity was just beginning to blossom in America, somewhere between the Stonewall riots of the late-'60s and the public acknowledgment of AIDS in the early-'80s. In an exhaustive story that plays out over the course of more than four hours and spans a number of years in the lives of its characters, Fierstein explores complex issues facing homosexuals and bisexuals. Spiral Theatrestages a production of the epic drama this week...
01.26.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
At the end of March, locally nomadic theatre group Spiral Theatre will wander away from Milwaukee, bound for the Minneapolis/St. Paul. The theatre group has restlessly moved across various stages in Milwaukee in recent memor. They have performed at a bewildering number of local stages this past couple of seasons having staged productions at: --the MGAC --the basement of the Brumder Mansion --their...
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008

New voices in theater

Creative outlets are essential to a community's long-term well-being, yet theater remains one of the most delicate species in the cultural ecosystem of any city. Because it relies on disparate, shifting factors, fresh talent is a must. All too often, the most capable young actors leave town after reaching a certain level of success, moving on to places like Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Top talent seems to stay in Milwaukee only if the actors have fallen in love and decided to settle down, start a theater company or both...
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

Theater Review

The Plymouth Church on Milwaukee's East Side belongs to the United Church of Christ, but part of it will present itself as a Catholic church for brief, 90-minute fugues between now and the end of the month. Through Sept. 27, the Plymouth Church hosts Spiral Theatre's production of the John Patrick Shanley drama Doubt.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Theater Preview

In March, the fledgling Spiral Theatre hosted one of the theater season’s most pleasant surprises with its production of the 1969 Leonard Gershe play Butterflies Are Free. Spiral managed to take a dated and tiresome romantic comedy and stage it as an exceedingly entertaining love story with subtle shades of accomplished acting. Ruth Arnell starred as a young pseudo-hippie who falls in love with a blind musician . . .
Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Theater Reviews

Robb Smith plays an American college professor working overseas in Beirut who is captured by terrorists. Forced to take in the world around him through sound alone, the professor spends much of his time trying analyzing the social complexity of his situation. Smith has a firm grasp on the character’s intellectual side, rendering an intelligent performance that is solidly rooted in emotional reality.

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